Monday, June 23, 2014

In The Good Old Summertime

When the Los Angeles Kings were crowned Stanley Cup champions on June 13th, it brought another year of hockey to an end.

It was time for summer and hockey's off-season.

For the NHL Oldtimers, the summer was kicked-off with their annual barbeque. The event took place on the very first day of summer and was hosted by Al and Lorraine Shaw.

Above: Wally Stanowski and Jerry Junkin are deep in conversation as they sit in the shade on the deck. Wally is still wearing his New York Rangers cap in support of his former team. He was traded to the Rangers following his 1948 Stanley Cup win with the Maple Leafs. In exchange for Wally and Elwyn Morris, Toronto obtained Cal Gardner, Rene Trudell and the rights to Frank Mathers.
 Above: Sue Foster, author (with Carl Brewer) of the wonderful book - "The Power of Two" - Carl Brewer's Battle with Hockey's Power Brokers - is pictured here with Janet Anderson. The following passage comes from the Acknowledgments in her book:
There are literally hundreds of wonderful people within the hockey community who have constantly rallied around me with their love, encouragement and interest: I cherish your presence in my life. Special mention to Al Shaw, Jim Anderson and their wives (Lorraine & Janet) for all their love and the contribution you make to the NHL Oldtimers.

 Above: Blaine Smith enjoys a beverage under the tent. His Dad, Sid Smith, still holds an NHL record. On April 10, 1949, he scored 3 power play goals in a Stanley Cup final game against the Detroit Red Wings - 65 years later, the record still stands.
Above: Former Boston Bruin, Bob Becket (R), shares a laugh with Blaine Smith. On November 2, 1961, Bob scored his first National Hockey League goal. It was scored against Montreal goalie Jacques Plante.
Above: To celebrate the arrival of summer, the DCAT Chorus filled the air with delightful tunes. Details on the chorus can be found at their website DCAT Chorus. For further information, please contact Rhonda Marks-Would at
 Above: The crowd looks on as the DCAT Chorus belts out another song.
 Above: George Storey signs an autograph for another guest. His Brother, Red Storey, was not only an NHL referee of note, but a star running back for the Toronto Argos from 1936 to 1941.
 Ivan Irwin embraces the lovely Jennifer Anderson. After joining the Rangers from Montreal, Ivan's new coach, Frank Boucher, said this about his new defenceman, "He's all I thought he was - and more."
* Note: Edited at 11:00 am, June 23, 2014

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